Man accused of holding four people hostage in Osceola arrested

first_img WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A man is accused of holding four people hostage at knifepoint and threatening to kill them.It happened on Friday, Feb. 14, at a home on Douglas Road in Osceola.The homeowner said she allowed the suspect, Nathan Hansford, to park his RV on her property for a few days, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.She said Hansford got angry when someone took his motorcycle and threatened the victims in a pole barn.Police were called. Hansford took off.Inside the RV, investigators say they found suspected meth, drug paraphernalia, a gun and a knife.Police found Hansford nearby. He was arrested on drug and weapons charges, intimidation and criminal confinement. By Jon Zimney – February 20, 2020 0 301 Man accused of holding four people hostage in Osceola arrested IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleLongtime Indiana amusement park closes gates after 94 yearsNext articleNappanee man who admitted sexual relationship with minor sentenced Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Facebook Google+last_img read more

Thousands left without power after severe thunderstorms blow through Michiana

first_img Thousands left without power after severe thunderstorms blow through Michiana WhatsApp Google+ @DaveCaulfield_ @ABC57News Grove St and Benton in Mishawaka— Jenn Zellers 📚 📝 (@jlzellers) May 24, 2020 Twitter @ABC57News @DaveCaulfield_ Mishawaka Avenue between Benton & Webster in Mishawaka— Jenn Zellers 📚 📝 (@jlzellers) May 24, 2020 WhatsApp [825 pm 5/23/2020 update] Isolated thunderstorms continue to move across northern Indiana into southern Michigan. Main threats will be heavy rain with minor flooding and gusty winds to 50 mph. Stronger storms can’t be ruled out, but storms should weaken over the next few hours.— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) May 24, 2020 @DaveCaulfield_ @ABC57News western mishawaka near river park— Jenn Zellers 📚 📝 (@jlzellers) May 24, 2020 (Photo supplied/Indiana Michigan Power) More than 11,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers, mainly in South Bend and St. Joseph County, were left without electricity after a line of severe thunderstorms blew through Michiana on Saturday, May 23.Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for portions of LaPorte, St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties in the 7 – 9 p.m. hours.The line of storms boasted wind speeds around 60 m.p.h. and dumped heavy rain on the area.Structure damage, downed trees and tree limbs were reported.A second line of storms that resulted in Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in LaPorte and Starke counties moved through Michiana during the 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. hours. That line of storms also boasts winds topping 60 m.p.h.The National Weather Service also issued a Tornado Watch for several northwest Indiana counties, including Cass, Fulton, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke and White. Berrien County in Michigan was also under the Tornado Watch which was in effect until 10 p.m.953 MNC will continue to provide updates as they become available.You can find more weather details here. Follow Indiana Michigan Power outages here.Some pretty crazy storm damage for a 20 minute storm in South Bend! Trees are down and hundreds are without power.We’ll have extensive coverage for you tracking the potential threat of more severe weather tonight on @ABC57News at 10 and 11.⛈📸: Traci Winston— Tiffany Salameh TV (@tiffanysalameh) May 24, 2020 Google+ Pinterest Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for South Bend IN, Elkhart IN, Mishawaka IN until 8:30 PM EDT— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) May 23, 2020 Twitter Facebook TAGSnorthweststormtornado watchweather By Brooklyne Beatty – May 23, 2020 0 1524 Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Facebook Previous articlePenske CEO: There will be a Brickyard 400 raceNext articleF.O.P. approves proposed 2.5% increase for South Bend Police Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Notre Dame football player tests positive for COVID-19

first_img (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) As Notre Dame opened voluntary workouts in preparation for the upcoming football season came word that one of its players tested positive for COVID-19.The student-athlete is asymptomatic and self-isolating. After contact-tracing, four other players are in self-quarantine, according to the University.Of the more than 90 players tested, four tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.As many as 50 staffers, including coaches, athletic trainers and student staff have been tested and all were negative. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Pinterest Facebook By Jon Zimney – June 22, 2020 0 250 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Notre Dame football player tests positive for COVID-19 Twitter Previous articleCity of Elkhart has a new Fire ChiefNext articleSt. Joseph, Elkhart counties’ unemployment rate shrinking Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebooklast_img read more

COVID-19 effects a higher risk for overweight, obese people

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Google+ COVID-19 effects a higher risk for overweight, obese people WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleWalorski speaks out on the vacant SCOTUS seat, the election, COVID and moreNext articleDead dog found zip-tied inside cage at Miami Hills in South Bend Network Indiana By Network Indiana – September 24, 2020 0 244 Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) Nearly four in ten Hoosiers are considered obese and that puts them at a higher risk for dying from coronavirus. People who are obese, and even just overweight, run a higher risk of going to the hospital, being put in ICU and dying, than people without the excess weight.“We don’t see a lot of young people get sick from COVID. But, those that do tend to be overweight or obese,” said Dr. Christopher Doehring, vice president for Medical Affairs at Franciscan Health. Doehring oversees the doctors and nurses on staff.“Being overweight or obese does increase significantly the risk of needing to be hospitalized, needing to be in the ICU on a ventilator and certainly of dying from COVID.’Doehring said he based that statement on data that’s been collected about the virus and pandemic from all over the world over the past six months. The United States has a higher obesity rate than many other countries, which Doehring said may be contributing to our higher death rate.“Certainly Indiana has cause for extra concern because of our standing on that front,” he said. Indiana is 12th in the country for obesity.Doehring said obese or even overweight people, have a higher risk of serious complications because the lungs can’t fully inflate because of the extra weight. The immune system may also not be fully functional, or function as well as it would in someone of a normal weight. He said obesity also encourages blood clotting, which has been a serious complication in COVID patients.But, doctors have begun modifying their treatments and are getting some results, said Doehring.“We are proning patients, laying them on their stomachs, which is helping with the breathing piece, helping to oxygenate better. We’re also using blood thinners more aggressively than we were.”But, there’s no substitute for getting healthier.“Losing even some weight can help lower the risk associated with COVID,” said Doehring. He said there are many reasons to lose weight, including avoiding diabetes, arthritis, and in some cases, cancer, and coronavirus is another reason.He also emphasized that coronavirus doesn’t follow any playbook and that there are still many unanswered questions. Twitterlast_img read more

Granger man, 50, sentenced for producing child pornography

first_img (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A man from Granger has been sentenced for producing child pornography.According to court documents, Jonathan Kassay, 50, made children perform sex acts so he could produce child pornography.He has been sentenced to 360 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release — a total of 35 years. He’s also been ordered to pay $12,219.04 in restitution.95.3 MNC received the following information from U.S. District Court in South Bend:Jonathan Kassay, 50, of Granger, Indiana was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty upon his plea of guilty to production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.Mr. Kassay was sentenced to 360 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $12, 219.04 in restitution.United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said, “Protecting children from child predators is one of our top priorities.  Children are nearly defenseless to save themselves from abuse.  Our investigative partners are some of the best in the world at working these cases, and today’s sentence should serve as a reminder that my Office will work diligently and aggressively to put child predators behind bars.”According to documents filed in this case, in 2017 Mr. Kassay used minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. “This case is a reminder that child pornography is a serious crime – one that can cause sometimes irreparable harm to children. While this sentence can’t undo that damage, it does ensure the defendant will never be able to hurt anyone else,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. “It also sends a strong message that there is no place in our communities for those who prey on vulnerable children. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively target those who exploit children.”This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Maciejczyk. Facebook Facebook Pinterest Granger man, 50, sentenced for producing child pornography WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – October 9, 2020 4 573 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend motorcyclist, 37, seriously injured in crash At LaSalle & Niles AvenuesNext articleTwo people taken to hospital after crash in Cass County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Government response: Charity Commission statement on Oxfam

first_img The allegations reported in the media have absolutely no place in society, and are made all the more shocking by the alleged involvement of charity workers. Charities are rightly held to the highest standards. In August 2011, Oxfam made a report to the Commission about an ongoing internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by staff members involved in their Haiti programme. It explained that the misconduct related to inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and the intimidation of staff. The report to us stated there had been no allegations, or evidence, of any abuse of beneficiaries. It also made no mention of any potential sexual crimes involving minors. Our approach to this matter would have been different had the full details that have been reported been disclosed to us at the time. We have written to the charity as a matter of urgency to request further information regarding the events in Haiti in 2011 to establish greater clarity on this matter. This includes a timeline of events, information about when the charity was made aware of specific allegations and the detail of the investigation’s findings and conclusions. This information will be considered as part of an ongoing case regarding the charity’s approach to safeguarding. It is important that charities engage with the regulator frankly and openly. We must fully understand the allegations that have been made to ensure that we have confidence in the charity’s approach to safeguarding now and in the future. Email [email protected] A report of the Commission’s ongoing case into Oxfam from December 2017 can be found on GOV.UK The Charity Commission has made the following statement in response to concerns raised in the media regarding Oxfam: Press officelast_img read more

Speech: PM’s speech at RAF100 Centenary celebration in Downing Street

first_imgIt is great to see so many servicemen and women here for these special centenary celebrations – and a particular honour to welcome Mary Ellis – who flew Spitfires and bombers to frontline bases in World War Two – and Colin Bell – who was a pathfinder and Mosquito pilot.I want to begin by telling you about an extraordinary moment recently, when on the way back from Cyprus, my plane was intercepted by two RAF Typhoon jets.As they – I am not sure of the right expression here – pulled up alongside my plane, they tipped their wings and revealed their weapons – a gesture that I understand is a warning, perhaps a little like a lion baring its teeth.It was a most extraordinary sight. A true heart in mouth moment.And even though I knew it was a mock exercise, I was given a rare glimpse into what it must be like in a Russian aircraft probing UK airspace, or in an airliner not responding to air traffic control.No one who has witnessed such a moment could ever doubt the skill, the rapidity of response or the might of Britain’s Royal Air Force.And it made me immensely proud – proud not only of our impressive military force but of the skill, courage and dedication of our airmen and women who for 100 years have so valiantly defended our skies and kept our enemies at bay.From those flying aces of the First World War to the pilots of Typhoon jets that can break the sound barrier.From those early pioneering engineers to the ground crew, technicians, air traffic controllers, nurses, medical staff, drivers, and flight operations officers of today.The men and women of the Royal Air Force have always stood for bravery, service, duty, and standing alongside your peers in the Royal Navy and Army.And today, in an increasingly uncertain world, your skill and courage are vital to the air and space power which allows the UK to respond quickly and decisively around the world.Whether that is mounting immediate disaster relief, or an evacuation operation as we did in the Caribbean last autumn. Fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq as the second largest contributor to air operations in the region. Or conducting a long range precision strike mission within a matter of hours as we did in Syria last month – one of the gravest decisions I have ever taken as Prime Minister.And as the threats we face continue to intensify and evolve – from the resurgence of state based threats to the regional instability exploited by extremists – air power will continue to play a decisive role in protecting the security and prosperity of our nation, people and allies.So it is fantastic that next month our F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets will arrive in the UK ahead of schedule, ensuring that Britain remains at the forefront of international air power – and maritime power too with our Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.And it is fitting that 617 Squadron – the squadron of the legendary Dambusters – will be stood up again and its pilots will fly these most advanced fighter jets.But it is not just in combat and emergency operations that the RAF has made such a significant contribution to this country and our way of life – it is also in the desire to give back, and the support you give to communities here and overseas. From sustaining our links with the Falklands or resupplying the French military in Mali to your countless contributions to communities across the United Kingdom.For one hundred years, the RAF has proved it is not only the first independent air force in the world, but the finest. It stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and the Army in defending our nation and promoting our values, and I am delighted that members of each Service are here this evening.And to those here today on the threshold of their careers, I want to say what a great choice you have made.Because, in whichever branch of the Armed Forces you serve, you will be the worthy successors of those brave, innovative and inspirational men and women who have gone before you.From the Battle of Britain to Bomber Command, from the Falklands to the Gulf War, from humanitarian relief operations to those who fly today’s missions against Daesh in Syria and Iraq – we owe the men and women of our RAF an immense debt of gratitude, as we do all our servicemen and women.On behalf of the nation, thank you. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for the many sacrifices you make. Thank you for a century of extraordinary service and courage.last_img read more

News story: New general licences for controlling Canada geese and wood pigeon comes into force

first_imgNext stepsNatural England is committed to working with farmers, pest controllers, gamekeepers and other professionals who rely on these licences to ensure everyone who needs to control the 16 species of wild birds covered by the revoked general licences can.If people need to take action for species which are still not covered by a general licence, they will need to apply for an individual licence, using our simple application form on GOV.UK.Background To apply for an individual species licence, please make use of the online application system. Apply now: Direct link to the online application forms. Get the latest comment on this story on the Natural England blog. Currently the three licences subject to the legal challenge cover 16 bird species, including several members of the crow family (crows, magpies, rooks, jackdaws and jays), feral and wood pigeon and number of invasive non-native species (such as Canada goose). The specific licences: The licences, which allows people to kill or take Canada geese to preserve public health and safety and wood pigeon for preventing serious damage to crops are part of a programme to replace the previous general licences for controlling 16 species of birds.Natural England is working at full speed to ensure that those affected by the decision to revoke three general licences can continue to control certain wild birds where necessary.Further general licences will be issued as quickly as possible. This will mean people can continue to take necessary action as they do now, whilst also taking into account the needs of wildlife.Those who need to control Canada geese and wood pigeon in the circumstances described in this licence can now do so without further steps – there is no need to apply for an individual licence. For people in other circumstances who need to take action in other situations before new general licences are issued, Natural England has also published a simple online application system for individual control licences. During the application process users will be advised how to take urgent action if they cannot wait for their application to be determined.The decision to revoke these licences was not taken lightly. Natural England explored all other options available, but was left with no choice but to revoke the licences. This was done to protect people with legitimate reasons to control wildlife from potentially committing offences by acting outside the law.Natural England’s interim chief executive Marian Spain said:center_img The new licences should give peace of mind to people who need to shoot to control certain wildlife that they can do so within the law. I recognise, as does my team at Natural England, that the interim measures will cause disruption for licence users. This is not a ban on control, it is a change to the licences that allow control to take place. General licence GL04: To kill or take certain species of wild birds to prevent serious damage or disease General licence GL05: To kill or take certain species of wild birds to preserve public health or public safety General licence GL06: To kill or take certain species of wild birds to conserve wild birds or flora or faunalast_img read more

Press release: Government launches new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing

first_img Care homes are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and we are determined that staff have everything they need to keep themselves and their residents safe. Testing is a crucial part of this. It helps prevent and control outbreaks and means steps can be taken to reduce the spread the virus and protect the most vulnerable. By prioritising thousands of tests for care home staff and residents, we can target our national testing capacity in the areas and care homes with the greatest need. The additional testing capacity we have achieved delivers many thousands of tests a day for residents and staff in care homes. This new portal allows those who book tests for staff and residents to do so even more easily, and it also offers a route for the prioritisation of care homes with the greatest need. We will continue to grow our testing capacity, as we know the certainty and confidence that high quality testing can provide. Domiciliary care staff who need a test should also continue to use the self-referral website to request a home test or book an appointment at a test site. The first time a care home suspects an outbreak of coronavirus, care home managers should contact their local health protection team to arrange testing. Subsequent testing will be through this DHSC programme. Care worker staff who are self-isolating, either because they or a member of their household has symptoms, should continue to use the self-referral website to book a home test or an appointment at a test site. Minister of State for Care Helen Whately said: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is working with local authority Directors of Public Health, Directors of Adult Social Services and local NHS providers to deliver this testing programme for care homes.Tens of thousands of care home workers and residents have already been tested, either by Public Health England or at drive-through testing sites, mobile testing units and via satellite testing kits – packages of tests sent to care homes for staff to use on residents.Testing asymptomatic workers helps prevent and control outbreaks. It means those who test positive can be isolated, reducing the number of people who can spread the virus and protecting the most vulnerable. It also helps to build up a strategic understanding of the prevalence of the virus in local areas and the sector as a whole.  Test results for residents will be communicated to the care home managers. This information will also be provided to councils in order to help manage coronavirus outbreaks in local areas.Background information On 20 April, the government began deliveries of test kits to care homes under the satellite programme. Since then, over 140,000 tests have been delivered to 4,387 care homes.center_img Public Health England’s Health Protection Teams have, from the outset, been testing residents when an outbreak is reported at a particular care home. More than 45,000 residents have been tested through this route. A new online portal that makes it easy for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched today.As the national testing capacity has increased, the government is prioritising testing for care homes and other areas with the greatest need.All symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England are now eligible for testing. Testing will be prioritised for care homes that look after the over 65s.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: Detailed guidance has been produced for care home managers. A tutorial video is also available to guide staff through the swab collection process: This programme is for England only and supplements the local systems already in place. We are working with the devolved administrations to support their needs around adult social care testing. On 28 April, the government announced that testing would be expanded in the care sector to include both symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents. Coronavirus test tutorial for care homes with Dr Sarah Jarvislast_img read more

Tyne & Wear bakery loses £2,000 in robbery

first_imgA family bakery in Tyne & Wear lost more than £2,000 last week after a drug addict crawled through an air vent and emptied the company safe.Teresa Muldown, who co-owns baker’s shop Marshall’s, told British Baker that her husband, Robert, discovered the money had been taken as he arrived for work at 7.30am last Monday morning (24 February).She explained that the family’s shop had a disused 18-inch extractor fan, which was sealed on the inside. However, it was visible from the outside. Burglar Kevin Thoburn knocked it out and crawled through, and now Muldown has warned other bakers to check their air vents.She said: “We have shutters and all the other security precautions, but the burglar knocked the plastic cover off the vent and got in that way. The chap is going to prison, but we are not insured so we won’t be getting any money back.”The 32-year-old burglar was traced by police to a caravan in an allotment, where he was sleeping rough. They found an invoice from the bakery among his things. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to burglary at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.The court heard Thoburn confessed he had stolen the cash, used £1,500 to clear a drug debt and spent the rest. Ian Cassidy, defending, said Thoburn had been homeless since he was released from prison after a 26-week sentence for another non-residential burglary, from January this year.The key was left in the locking mechanism of the safe at the bakery, he said.Magistrates ordered Thoburn to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court and remanded him in custody until the week commencing 17 March.The one-shop family business in Houghton le Spring, Tyne & Wear employs four people and has been trading for nine years, Muldown said. The vent hole has now been bricked up.last_img read more